Crying during nursing

Jaime - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old daughter cries a lot during nursing. She will latch on for a few minutes, then begin to pull off and cry. She will latch back on a few more times (for just a few seconds), then I will switch sides and the whole process will repeat again. She is getting the right amount of wet and dirty diapers and is gaining weight, so I know she is eating enough. My husband gives her one bottle of expressed milk a day and she doesn't even make a peep. My doctor just kind of scratches her head at the situation. Any thoughts on what could be the matter? I want to keep nursing her for as long as I can, but she just seems so miserable and it sure makes me feel miserable...like I am doing something wrong!

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Allison - posted on 04/01/2009

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Quoting Jaime:

I have started working with a chiropractor who specializes in baby's. 


Great idea! My second baby started seeing a chiro at about 6 weeks and it was wonderful. He was having some issues with preferring his left side over the right, and that evened out after seeing the chiro. I know chiros can really help with nursing issues, too. Let us know how it goes! :-)

Jaime - posted on 04/01/2009

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I have started working with a chiropractor who specializes in baby's. Since my baby was delivered via c-section, all of the pressure in her head that is normally relieved during a natural birth, was not. She is thinking that the nursing is hurting the pressure in her head, so she is working on releasing the pressure. I'll let you all know if it works! She had me try sucking and you do actually feel it in your head...so it makes sense!

Rivka - posted on 03/31/2009

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I am so glad you posted this and I read that the baby could be doing the crying thing because she is getting teeth. My baby is 4 months old and she has all the signs of teething and she is also crying sometimes during nursing, so knowing that it's from teething makes me feel so much better.

Denise - posted on 03/31/2009

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i bf my son till he was 10 months(now 10 1/2m)and he was doing that almost from the start.but was gaining well and the right amount of diapers too.there is very early teething in my family(as early as 3 months)so the doctor was telling me it was only teething when alex was about 3 months old.he was very gassy though,he needed an extra long burp session.but even after i figured that out(on my own cuz i couldnt find much help around here,i just read everything i could find about bf) when he was 7 months old(with no teeth yet) i had stumbled upon this article that talked about "tougne tie",and just reading the article,i knew right away that's what it was.no doctor,nurse or clinic person ever told me that that existed.and being a first time mom,i had no idea.so imediatly i made an apointment to see his doctor and in 10sec he said"yes he IS tougne tied". so at 8 months,we got it cliped and the last 2 months of breastfeeding was WONDERFULL.he went on that way right until the day he got it cliped,they put them to the breast imediatly after,and i instantly seen a diffrence. he aswell would not complaine on the bottle.if you know that's not what it is,then i'm sorry i can't help you. but if your not certain,check it out,i just wish someone had told me about it,would have made it alot better right from the start.

p.s he went through teething without a problem on the breast,since his first tooth only come out at 8 months

my thoughts with you and your daughter,it's not easy,but worth every minute of it!!!!

Tammy - posted on 03/31/2009

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I would say it is probably teething my daughter does this sometimes and a tooth will come out in the few days after.  It could also be gas.

Jaime - posted on 03/31/2009

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Anna, I'd love to hear what the nurses say about your nursing situation...keep me posted! My guess is that my daughter is teething in which case, there isn't a whole lot I can do.

Cayla - posted on 03/30/2009

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I definitely know how you feel!  My little girl would do the same.. I finally figured out that she would get some gas built up and thats how she let me know.  I would just have to do a super long burping session with her until i could get everything out.. i even had to lay her on her back and pump her legs back and forth to help get gas out that way!  



Hope this helps you maybe your little one is just getting gas pains!!



good luck!

Anna - posted on 03/30/2009

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I know how you feel - my daughter is the same, and has been for nearly two months now!! She will feed for a little bit, and then come off and whinge or cry, and then go back on but only for a little bit before coming back off again. However, it has gone on for so long now because she only does it for a few days, and then everything is fine again for a few days before getting bad again. She'll also sometimes get so worked up that she ends up just screaming for up to an hour after a feed, and I'm sure she's in pain, but I'm not sure what from! I have heard it may be teething, wind, a fast let-down, or maybe even reflux? I am going to have a day stay in Tresillian so the nurses can watch her feed for the day and let me know what they think about it - I will let you know if they come up with any solutions to this problem. I agree that I want to keep breastfeeding her as long as possible, but how much misery should we both have to endure?? I hope you find a solution - good luck!

Felecia - posted on 03/30/2009

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I agree with Erica My daughter is almost 5 months and for the last 2 months she has also be doing that And guess what she had 2 teeth come in.. My daughters signs were when she would go to latch back on (after her little cry spell)  she would open her mouth really wide and bite down like she was eating a pork chop or some thing, another one was increased drooling, hands in mouth all the time to only try to bite fingers.. And check her mouth out see if you can see any white spots on gums or feel any spouts of teeth you may be surprised..  Have the doctors checked for thrush???  Hope this helps you.. Keep up the good work..  GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS

Allison - posted on 03/30/2009

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Do you know if you have a fast letdown? Sometimes babies don't like it and will pull off because it's too fast. Sometimes babies like the fast letdown and when it starts to slow they get upset because it's too slow. I know one solution for over-active let down (OALD) is to block nurse - so offer one breast per feeding for a couple feedings, then offer the other breast for a couple feedings (check http://www.kellymom.com/ for better directions about this). This helps to regulate your supply if you're over-producing. If she doesn't like that it slows down, maybe you could do breast compressions to help her a bit (again, kellymom has good information on how to do this).



You're not doing anything wrong. You could contact a lactation consultant or attended a La Leche League meeting so someone could actually see what your daughter is doing.



Good luck!

Erica - posted on 03/30/2009

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It sounds like she may be getting some teeth. Since it is harder for babies to get milk when they breast feed it creates more suction in their mouth and more pain. My Shelby wasn't crying out but she was doing the same thing your daughter is doing, her tooth broke through yesterday and it's been much better. Good luck

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